Kevin Youkilis is gone, but hope isn't

Without Kevin Youkilis, the prospect of catching the Yankees and Rays seems more daunting. Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox won their first game of the season 9-7 against the New York Yankees. As a result, their 1-0 record had them in first place in the American League East. They haven't been in first place since.

They've been close -- they were a half-game off the pace as recently as July 3 -- but right now they are six games behind the Yankees and also looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays.

The latest playoff odds have them with a 23 percent chance of playing meaningful games in October.

So -- can they get back into this race, even with all the injuries they've suffered?